AFL Players Association awards
The AFLPA nominates the following four awards as their main awards.
Leigh Matthews Trophy
The Leigh Matthews Trophy has been awarded by the players to the best player of the season annually since 1982. It is the AFLPA equivalent of the Brownlow Medal (voted for by umpires), and a variety of media-sponsored MVP awards. Gary Ablett, Jr. (2007–09, 2012–13) is the only player to win the award five times. Greg Williams (1985, 1994), Wayne Carey (1995, 1998), Michael Voss (2002, 2003), Chris Judd (2006, 2011) and Nat Fyfe (2014, 2015) have won the award twice.
The Best Captain award was given sporadically from 1986 until 1997, and has been given annually since 1998. Michael Voss won the award four times from 2001–2004, the most of any player.
Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player
Awarded annually since 1991 to the most courageous player in the league. Glenn Archer has won the award most often with six wins, while Paul Kelly won it five times, including four consecutively from 1994–1997. Jonathan Brown won the award in 2007, 2008 and 2011. In 2009, Joel Selwood won the award for the first time, and then won it three consecutive times from 2012–2014.
Best First Year Player
Awarded annually since 1998, the Best First Year Player award is awarded to the best adjudged player who is in his first year on an AFL list. The eligibility for the award is different to the AFL's other main award for the best performing young player, the AFL Rising Star, which can be won by any player aged under 21 on January 1 of that year, and who has not played more than ten matches before the start of the season. Michael Barlow, for example, won the award in 2010 but was not eligible for the Rising Star. Brownlow Medallists, Adam Goodes and Chris Judd have both won the award in the past.
|1998||Stevens, NickNick Stevens||Port Adelaide|
|1999||Goodes, AdamAdam Goodes||Sydney|
|2000||Hasleby, PaulPaul Hasleby||Fremantle|
|2001||Kerr, DanielDaniel Kerr||West Coast|
|2002||Judd, ChrisChris Judd||West Coast|
|2003||Wells, DanielDaniel Wells||Kangaroos|
|2004||Davey, AaronAaron Davey||Melbourne|
|2005||Deledio, BrettBrett Deledio||Richmond|
|2006||Murphy, MarcMarc Murphy||Carlton|
|2007||Selwood, JoelJoel Selwood||Geelong|
|2008||Palmer, RhysRhys Palmer||Fremantle|
|2009||Rich, DanielDaniel Rich||Brisbane Lions|
|2010||Barlow, MichaelMichael Barlow||Fremantle|
|2011||Heppell, DysonDyson Heppell||Essendon|
|2012||Cameron, JeremyJeremy Cameron||Greater Western Sydney|
|2013||O'Meara, JaegerJaeger O'Meara||Gold Coast|
|2014||Bontempelli, MarcusMarcus Bontempelli||Western Bulldogs|
|2015||Heeney, IsaacIsaac Heeney||Sydney|
|2016||Mills, CallumCallum Mills||Sydney|
The following awards are also presented by the AFLPA.
Marn Grook Award
Named after the indigenous game Marn Grook, the award was presented annually from 2001 to 2007 for the top emerging indigenous player in the game, who must be within their first three seasons of AFL competition. Lance Franklin won the 2007 award.
|2001||Goodes, AdamAdam Goodes||Sydney|
|2002||Davis, LeonLeon Davis||Collingwood|
|2003||Johncock, GrahamGraham Johncock||Adelaide|
|2004||Wells, DanielDaniel Wells||Kangaroos|
|2005||Davey, AaronAaron Davey||Melbourne|
|2006||Pearce, DanyleDanyle Pearce||Port Adelaide|
|2007||Franklin, LanceLance Franklin||Hawthorn|
Grant Hattam Trophy
The Grant Hattam Trophy has been awarded annually since 1999 to best football journalist, as voted by the players. The Herald Sun's Mark Robinson (2000, 2002) and The Age's Emma Quayle (2009, 2012) are only journalists to have won the award twice. Herald Sun chief football writer Mike Sheahan won the award in 2008 for his article on Simon Goodwin and his gambling addiction.
The Trophy was created in honor and memory of the late Grant Hattam who was a leading sports and media lawyer (with Corrs Chambers Westgarth).
Education and Training Excellence Award
Given annually since 2001 to the player who displayes the best all-round performance in balancing football with external education and training. Won in 2007 by Collingwood's Shane Wakelin and the Adelaide Crows' Brett Burton.
Mike Fitzpatrick Scholarships
Awarded annually to young aspiring non-AFL players, attempting to help them balance external study and training with football training. Sixteen players were awarded the scholarships for 2007.
- "Who is the AFL's best young gun?". AFLplayers.com.au. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- "Who is eligible for the NAB AFL Rising Star award?". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- AFL Players' Association - Rhys Palmer wins Best First Year Player Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Age footy writer takes award". The Age. Melbourne. September 8, 2009.
- "Age football writer gets award". September 12, 2012.
- Ralph, Jon (September 9, 2008). "Gary Ablett gets the nod".